Heading into free agency, there are two main requests you hear from Ravens fans. Re-sign center Ryan Jensen or sign wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
Considering both options will come at a hefty price tag, and given the Ravens’ projected tight cap space even after cuts, what if they could only afford one of the two? Which one would you rather have?
Let’s weigh the pros and cons to choosing either over the other.
Jensen was the savior of the offensive line in 2017. After losing Marshal Yanda and Alex Lewis for the season, as well as the unexpected retirement of John Urschel, the Ravens’ offensive line looked to be a disastrous unit.
Luckily, Jensen excelled at his new center position, and provided stability while being an anchor in the middle of the line.
Before the season, center was a huge question mark, even before John Urschel’s retirement. Jensen not only performed well, but showed he has what it takes to become a franchise center.
His nasty play on the field quickly made him a fan favorite, and it would be sad to see the red-headed bully leave town now after finally breaking out in year four with the Ravens.
- Provides continuity and stability to a Ravens’ offensive line which has lacked it in recent years.
- Brings an attitude, which fans love, to the line and offense in general. Something this team needs more of quite frankly.
- Will be cheaper than Landry, with a market value of approximately $8.9 million per year, according to Spotrac.
- Isn’t a playmaker, which the Ravens desperately need on offense.
- Can be replaced easier with a cheaper player through the draft or free agency than a player with Landry’s skill-set can be found.
Landry has been the Miami Dolphins biggest playmaker in his time there. He fits the mold of an ideal slot receiver, but can play anywhere you line him up. He has great hands and is a good route-runner, which is something the Ravens’ receivers (outside of Maclin) aren’t known for.
Landry would be a reliable target for quarterback Joe Flacco, and would be the most consistent chain-mover the Ravens have had at the position since Anquan Boldin.
Baltimore needs a flashy player like Landry to excite fans again. The offense, since winning the Super Bowl (with exception to 2014 under offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak), has been excruciatingly painful to watch.
- Gives Baltimore the #1 receiver they have been searching for.
- Brings excitement and playmaking ability to an otherwise dull offense.
- Is in the prime of his career at just 25 years old.
- Will be expensive, speculating to draw in anywhere from $14-15 Million a year.
- Would not be able to address many other areas in free agency.
So, I now ask you, the fans, who you would rather have if you could only choose one of the two.
Who would you rather have?
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